East Baton Rouge Parish School System

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East Baton Rouge Parish School System Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
16 Reviews
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East Baton Rouge Parish School System Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr
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  1.  

    Great experience. Very helpful people and a great environment. Subbing allows you to be in control of your life.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at East Baton Rouge Parish School System part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You make your own schedule and choose where you work.

    Cons

    Some of the kids. You really never know what kids ou are going to get. If it is elementary, you're stuck with them all day. I only sub for middle and high school so I can get a fresh batch every so often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Great Job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love It!

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    Current Employee - Steno III in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Steno III in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at East Baton Rouge Parish School System (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great holidays. The pay is competitive and the insurance benefits are wonderful.

    Cons

    None for the department I work in now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    great if you need money kids are horrible

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    Former Contractor - Substitute in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Contractor - Substitute in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    easy work if you like kids this is nothing but good fun if you don't this is not for you run. Work days are short no one is all over you your your own boss.

    Cons

    little direction from teachers you fill in for kids don't listen they often try to get over on you. Classes can be very horrible depending on how the teacher manages her class.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    There is a reason for turnover

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    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System

    Pros

    Many admins allow you to be as creative as you can to help kids learn, block schedules allow you ample recovery/ sanity time during the day

    Cons

    Superintendent obviously does not care about BR nor his job and is buying time until his contract is up. He is highly unprofessional-quoting Sweet Brown and other tacky things during PD. Most middle school asst principals are hateful. For example, at one school the lesson planning software went down and 27 teachers were written up by the AP because their plans were late and she knew the site was down. Too many admins with less than 4yrs in the classroom. Most schools have mold in the walls and/or ceiling so you stay sick.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The School System is rotten rotten rotten...

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    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great teachers, but 65% of them are leaving - and the Superintendent is not bothered according to his live interview on TV.

    Cons

    School board and district leaders could not hold the parents and students accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop blaming teachers. Start helping teachers in class because the real problem is students' discipline and lack of parental involvement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Competency is over-ruled by favoritism.

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    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher/Remedial ELA in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher/Remedial ELA in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are some of the best in the state. Creativity is encouraged. Most administers are trying their best against insurmountable odds.

    Cons

    Students are out of control. Administers are more worried about school's report grade so students are not properly reprimanded b/c they don't want the paperwork sent.to the central office. Instructional specialists are observing twenty plus years teachers....decidi.g their fates...when they themselves have little time in the classroom. Corporate execs walking around with clipboards....really!?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop all the favoritism and nepotism. Give teachers the credit....not the principals...good ones make all the difference...but, they are not the ones in the classroom. If you want stellar results...offer stellar professional development at the district's expense. Principals shouldn't have to deny PD b/c they don't have the money in tbe school budget. Major corporations have Co.picnics, gatherings to show appreciation. EBR has done nothing for all employees since I started teaching with the district in 2003.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    All depends on the school

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    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move up

    Cons

    Many incompetent higher-ups; Lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire or demote your incompetent people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    East Baton Rouge Parish School System

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is one of the higher of surrounding parishes

    Cons

    Very challenging. Many behavior problems that were over the top. I have never ever experienced anything like this before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent with your support and provide more of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Ok place to work if you can stay motivated

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many teachers are there for the children and everyday they find creative ways to reach these students. Although many students are inner city and at the poverty level, they are intelligent and eager to learn. They need a strong teacher who is willing to show them tough love and celebrate their success. Best part of this company is the teachers who work extremely hard and the students.

    Cons

    Poor leadership in many of the schools (even the high performing schools) which brings down teacher morale. Administration receives credit when school performance scores increase instead of the teachers who have worked hard all year long to ensure student success. Administrators do not listen to the teachers and often belittle them. Salary and raise freezes have sent many teachers to look for alternative employment. Some school have lost several teachers since the beginning of the school yet no one from the central office has investigated why so many teachers are leaving (they say it is due to ineffective teachers leaving due to the new evaluation system which is untrue). The teachers are leaving because administrators are abusing the evaluation system by giving their "favorites" Highly Effective ratings although it contradicts their classroom performance and student achievement. Also administrators are allowing some teachers to evaluate others and then turn around and evaluate each other. Teachers who have come in later in the school year are being awarded Teacher of the Year because they have mastered the "dog and pony show", while hardworking long term teachers are overlooked. I think that schools with high performance should have their principals sent to low performing schools to see if they are truly the reason behind student success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your teachers and staff. If you ask them questions, don't turn around and tell them that what they are saying is true. If asked, "What makes you successful?" Let the teacher answer, don't tell them that they are successful because of some tip you gave them or the new curriculum. Look at their success from prior years. Allow time for new strategies to take root instead of trying something new every time another principal says it worked for them AND stop wasting our time with professional developments that are not interesting or relevant to student achievement. Weekly meetings should be informative and student centered. We as teachers hardly ever get to run our own planning hour, it's always read this, discuss this, or a bashing session. We get more ground covered when our administrator is absent...which is quite often, but no one will know that although the school is minutes from central office near a prominent and elegant part of town.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great pay while attending school!!

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    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Able to go to school in between bus routes,. Off on major holidays and off during the summer!!

    Cons

    Not guaranteed to get a route close to home because routes are picked by seniority. Also depending on your supervisor, you will be treated with respect or disrespected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have options for drivers that have to drive almost an hour to get to their first stop( because of the few routes that were left). Its not fair for some drivers to do 4 hours a day and some have to drive 10 hours a day but we all get paid 8 hours for the day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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